October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
The benefits to work include financial independence and security, increased self-confidence, personal growth, skill development, and a better social life. Career development is an ongoing process, and finding satisfying work doesn’t usually just happen by applying for a job online or simply walking in and filling out an application. The St. Louis Arc’s Supported Employment program can help people with disabilities find the right job or career that fits their skills and talents.
Three Stages of Career Development
The Arc’s Supported Employment team supports individuals through several phases:
- Get Ready.
Start with yourself. Who are you? Explore and identify your skills, interests, needs, and dreams.
2. Get Set.
Learn what’s out there. What type of work fits with your personal profile? What is available in your community to help you reach your goals?
Put your plan into action. What steps can you take to get the right job for you? The St. Louis Arc Employment team can help you every step of the way to obtain and maintain meaningful employment.
If you are interested in learning more about how the Arc’s Supported Employment team can help you identify and land the right job, join us on Tuesday, December 4 from 6:30 p.m. –
8:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Arc Centene Family Center at 1177 N. Warson. Brian Hubler, Director of Employment and Transition Services will host a workshop to help individuals navigate funding sources, understand the steps of discovery exploration, work readiness inventory, and job development. We will also explore opportunities you can take to start the next chapter of your career. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the presentation. For more information or to register, please contact Brianne Smith.